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Science and Ethics of Longevity Research Future Salon

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  • markfinnern
    Hi Futurists, A very special Future Salon coming up this month Friday July 20th at SAP Palo Alto please RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/ypaf78 Weblog post with links:
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      Hi Futurists,

      A very special Future Salon coming up this month Friday July 20th at
      SAP Palo Alto please RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/ypaf78

      Weblog post with links: http://www.futuresalon.org/2007/06/science-
      and-eth.html

      To live forever is an age old dream of humankind. Aubrey de Grey
      thinks it is within our reach and we should go full steam ahead with
      the research to make death obsolete. Peter Thiel gives Aubrey's
      research more umpf by pledging up to $3.5 million for it. That is
      serious money.

      Not so fast, says Stanford Neuroscience Professor William B. Hurlbut.
      Besides the biology that Aubrey de Grey is a bit too optimistic
      about, there are several ethical issues that should be thought
      through as we head into longevity research: The relationship between
      the generations, the meaning of embodiment in the pace and purpose of
      our lives, and perhaps questions related to ongoing adaptive
      evolution of our species.

      On Friday July 20th we will have the rare opportunity to hear both of
      them present their findings followed by a question and answer session.

      Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK,
      and is the Chairman and Chief Science Officer of the Methuselah
      Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to combating the
      aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of "Rejuvenation Research",
      the world's only peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in
      aging. His research interests encompass the etiology of all the
      accumulating and eventually pathogenic molecular and cellular
      side-effects of metabolism ("damage") that constitute mammalian aging
      and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage.
      He has developed a possibly comprehensive plan for such repair, termed
      Straegies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), which breaks
      the
      aging problem down into seven major classes of damage and identifies
      detailed approaches to addressing each one. A key aspect of SENS is
      that it can potentially extend healthy lifespan without limit, even
      though these repair processes will never be perfect, as the repair
      only
      needs to approach perfection rapidly enough to keep the overall level
      of damage below pathogenic levels. de Grey has termed this required
      rate of improvement of repair therapies "longevity escape velocity".

      William B. Hurlbut is a physician and Consulting Professor at the
      Neuroscience Institute. After receiving his undergraduate and medical
      training at Stanford University, he completed postdoctoral studies in
      theology and medical ethics, studying with Robert Hamerton-Kelly, the
      Dean of the Chapel at Stanford, and subsequently with the Rev. Louis
      Bouyer of the Institut Catholique de Paris.

      His primary areas of interest involve the ethical issues associated
      with advancing biomedical technology, the biological basis of moral
      awareness, and studies in the integration of theology and philosophy
      of biology. He is the author of numerous publications on science and
      ethics including the co-edited volume Altruism & Altruistic Love:
      Science, Philosophy & Religion in Dialogue and Science, Religion and
      Human Spirit. He is also co-chair of two interdisciplinary faculty
      projects at Stanford University, Becoming Human:The Evolutionary
      Origins of Spiritual, Religious, and Moral Awareness and Brain, Mind
      and Emergence.

      In addition to teaching at Stanford, he has worked with NASA on
      project in Astrobiology and is a member of the Chemical and
      Biological Warfare working group at the Center for International
      Security and Cooperation. Since 2002 he has served on the President's
      Council on Bioethics. He is the author of Altered Nuclear Transfer, a
      proposed technological solution to the moral controversy over
      embryonic stem cell research.

      A Future Salon has the following structure: 6-7 networking with light
      refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP. From 7-9+ pm presentation and
      discussion. SAP Labs North America, Building D, Room Southern Cross
      or Cafeteria depending on your responds. SAP is located at 3410
      Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 map As always free and open to
      the public, spread the news and please RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/ypaf78

      See you all there, Mark Finnern.
      Founder and Host of the Bay Area Future Salon

      P.S. If you can't join in person we will webcast the event and tape
      it too. Point your Quicktime viewer to the following address:
      rtsp://207.105.30.90/salon.sdp

      IRC chat as always:
      Server: irc.freenode.net
      Channel: #futuresalon
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